Principals Walking Away From Baltimore Schools

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– City school shake-up. A high number of principals are walking away from the Baltimore schools.

As Gigi Barnett explains, it’s a turnover rate that started when the current CEO took the helm.

Since taking over city schools four years ago, Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso slashed positions and moved employees. So much so that only 25 percent of principals who were on the job when he arrived are still there.

His response: The job is tough.

“The expectation since I arrived is that kids come first,” Dr. Alonso said. “And we’re going to move fast. And in the process, that wasn’t the way many of them wanted to work.”

Dr. Alonso says there are several reasons why 75 percent of the principals who once headed schools when he arrived are now gone. Some of them were promoted and had to come to the central office. Others retired. And then there were those, Dr. Alonso says, who just weren’t a good fit for the job.

“If you’re not good enough for our kids, then maybe you should work some place else,” he said.

And that’s causing a stir. Especially among civil rights activists like Marvin “Doc” Cheatham. He heads the Baltimore chapter of the National Action Network and he feels that experienced principals won’t be around.

“It’s not as much we’re second-guessing Dr. Alonso,” said Cheatham. “We’re saying that we have to raise concerns. These principals have been there for a while.”

Plus, Cheatham fears that those replacing outgoing principals may not have a strong connection to students or the community.

“They need to understand and appreciate and respect the culture which they are going to be principals over,” he said. “And it takes a while to do that.”

With a little more than two weeks before the new school year, Dr. Alonso says he’s almost finished filling all of the 42 vacant principal positions. This week he hired 15 new principals.

Only about nine vacant principal positions remain. Dr. Alonso says he’ll make a final choice for those by August 23.

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  1. Jack Wilt says:

    When the culture you are dealing with is the culture that existed in the Baltimore city School system before Dr Alonso was hired, you most certainly want to change it. The changes Dr Alonso has made have made a significant improvement in the effectiveness of the Baltimore City School Systemn and that would not have been possible if he had to maintain the old culture of failure and inefficiency.
    Saying you are not second guessing right after you did second guess makes me a bit suspicious of your motives and veracity.
    We need to support Dr Alonso and make sure he receives all the support he needs to continue moving Baltimore City Schools up to the level our kids deserve and we need if we are to be the kind of community we all want and deserve.

    1. Homeschool For A Reason says:

      Like the epidemic of cheating?

  2. Check This Out says:

    “Dr. Alonso says there are several reasons why 75 percent of the principals who once headed schools when he arrived are now gone. Some of them were promoted and had to come to Central Office. Others retired. And then there were those, Dr. Alonso says, who just weren’t a good fit for the job.”

    Being a part of Baltimore for many years, all I can say to this is what up with the new people. Meaning, where did they get their education, public/pupil relation skills, and learned training. Keep an EYE on the new, before dismissing 75% of the old. What happened to new schooling for those who has come from the old schooling and are loosing their jobs, well paying jobs, if I may add. Are the new principles going into the homes, the minds of the parents, the neighborhoods, etc and replace those also. With what new people and new rules, next we get rid of the old country (USA) and replace that with what. “75%” is a lot in less than 5 to 7 years.

    “If you’re not good enough for our kids, then maybe you should work some place else,” he said.

    What’s up with this remark. Were testing done on the principals or the children, or the parents, or the NEIGHBORHOOD, or the funding available, or the help/aids.
    And, did the public see the resorts or have a meeting to try to fix it. And, which of our children, are being included or excluded for these upgrades. The good neighborhood or the rough neighborhoods.

    “They need to understand and appreciate and respect the culture which they are going to be principals over,” he said. “And it takes a while to do that.”

    What, who’s culture? Please explain this one.

    1. Get Real says:

      This comment is for “Check This Out”, you are commenting on the school system’s issue, I am thinking maybe you should not judge because your spelling and grammer really needs some help.
      It’s apparent our children were not getting the attention they needed, so if getting rid of the dead weight is one way to test the water, so be it.

    2. It's about time says:

      Unfortunately, I have to agree with those who have commented regarding your comments. To you, your point “may be” valid, but it’s also made less believable when you said loosing instead of losing, principles instead of principals, were testing instead of was testing, resorts(?) – maybe you meant results? We’re not being nit-picky here; you have to understand what we’re trying to say you can try to say it better. The Baltimore City school system has been an issue for a very long time; if the results aren’t there, Dr. Alonso is taking the steps he feels, as the Superintendent, are necessary to remedy the situation. In a nutshell, lead – follow – or get out of the way.

      1. Check This Out says:

        That nutshell you are speaking of, I am in there with you, remember. I don’t mind learning. You can school me all day long. Teach me, because I appreciate it, I needs it, and you are good at it. But don’t forget why or how we got in this nutshell together. You may not have been there before my grammar mistakes, but you here now. I am not going anywhere. We will keep following together.

  3. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    What results are we getting with these “improvements”? Do we now have HIGHER test scores from our students as a result of this move-around? If so we should all be giving Dr. Alonso a pat on the back for a job WELL DONE!!

  4. Try Spell Check Next Time says:

    To Check This Out!!
    IF you were taught spelling/grammer in a City School, you are a perfect example as to why Dr. Alonso is replacing the people running the schools.
    Your post was a great example of POOR schooling.
    Have a nice day!!

    1. Check This Out says:

      That’s only reply you have, is “spell check”. Answer the questions. Nic pic is what the schools taught you and slide by the real issues, you got an ace in the hole to keep your pay coming and your bills paid, so you don’t have to be concerned with the real issues of education. For your info, poor schooling, is no schooling.

  5. Kristine says:

    With the way the city schools have been in the past years, I am wondering why 100% have not been changed? Children deserve better and I think Dr Alonso is really trying. I don’t believe a very high percentage of children going through the Baltimore City system are graduating with a top notch education. Much more is needed from parents AND teachers. And children need more desire to learn, which is reinforced at home. Education is the key to your future!

  6. Mary Ann says:

    It’s about time thank you Dr. Alonso for moving the children of Baltimor City forward. If you cannot stand the HEAT get out of the KITCHEN. Get real half or all of those 75% was only concern with their pay checks. Great work Dr. Alonso .

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